A worn or leaking door gasket is often the cause of many autoclave problems. Whether you experience leaking water or cycle failures, the problem will get worse with continued use. Have you ever opened the chamber door and discovered "ashy" material or melted plastic in the chamber? This is usually caused by a defective gasket. Leaking gaskets can lead to over heating problems that will eventually lead to a broken sterilizer.
It is recommended that an Autoclave door gasket should be replaced every six months. A preventative maintenance kit, which includes all gaskets and filters, should be installed annually. Compared to the loss of productive downtime and machine repairs, regular replacement of gaskets and PM Kits will always save you time and money in the long run.